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A questionnaire examining learning in general practice

Bligh, John and Slade, P. 1996. A questionnaire examining learning in general practice. Medical Education -Oxford- 30 (1) , pp. 65-70. 10.1111/j.1365-2923.1996.tb00720.x

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Vocational training is a key element of professional development in general practice. Learner-centred approaches to teaching bring a need for greater understanding of the individual learning styles and preferences of trainees. This paper reports the findings of a pilot study undertaken to determine factors that may influence learning among general practice trainees. A questionnaire survey of 261 trainees in six regions in the UK was carried out to explore attitudes to a series of themes identified in semi-structured interviews with trainees at the end of their training. Six distinct subscales were identified using principal components analysis. These are named 'Learning from Patients', 'Openness to Criticism', 'Negative Attitudes', 'Desire for Clear Guidelines', 'Peer Support', and 'Academic Approach'. Males scored significantly higher on 'Academic Approach' (P < 0.05). Each of the subscales reflects themes that permeate the atmosphere of general practice training. Further work is required to establish relationships between the subscales and the outcomes of learning and to explore the implications for continuing professional development. The questionnaire is an instrument that may prove useful in the future investigation of learning in general practice.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Family Practice*; Female; Great Britain; Humans; Learning*; Male; Questionnaires*; Vocational Education*
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN: 0308-0110
Last Modified: 30 Jun 2017 03:24

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